This talk made in October , 2020 has been given during the International Congress of Extended Reality in Sciences (https://dimensionsxr.com) organized by the Swiss Society of Virtual and Augmented Reality (SSVAR – https://ssvar.ch)
Executive Lead, CyberXR Coalition. Global Diversity & Inclusion Advisor and Board Member, XR Safety Initiative
Bio: April Boyd-Noronha is the Executive Lead for the CyberXR Coalition, launched by the XRSI to address the need for diversity and inclusion in both the cybersecurity and XR domain and to address social and technical biases in emerging technologies to build safer and inclusive ecosystems for all.
She has over 20 years of experience in academia and advanced technologies as a global keynote speaker, thought leader, and advisor on emerging trends and the future of work on equity, diversity, and inclusion.
April also is a Professor of HIM and Cybersecurity.
Amidst the immersive tech industry’s obsession to create the next best killer app in VR and AR, we also see it dismissing the bigger picture that Extended Reality is a human journey and it brings along with it human-centered challenges. The human-centered design affords the XR industry an opportunity to actively address the human side of what’s brewing beneath the surface of our very existence – the impact and dire consequences of the lack of inclusion, equity, and accessibility in all the facets of our lives.
The same biases displayed in the headlines covering the George Floyd and Breonna Taylor cases are in fact the same biases that go into data sets and moderation tools that put people of color and historically marginalized populations at risk in immersive environments as well.
In this panel, the CyberXR Coalition discusses their unique approach to helping build safe and inclusive environments in XR, while shifting the mindset to create awareness of these very issues and draw a baseline via standards and frameworks to potentially provide solutions coupled with strategic collaboration.
The intro video has been made by Dragan Stiglic:
Mohamed Jean-Philippe Sangaré
Founder and CEO of SSVAR